- Starship Down
series = Deep Space Nine
name = Starship Down
The "Defiant" is crippled
ep_num = 78
prod_num = 479
November 6, 1995
writer = David Mack
John J. Ordover
James Cromwellas Hanok F. J. Rioas Muniz Jay Bakeras Stevens Sara Mornellas Carson
stardate = 49263.5
year = 2372
next = Little Green Men"Starship Down" is an episode of "", the seventh episode of the fourth season.
The "Defiant" carries the senior staff of
Deep Space Nineinto the Gamma Quadrant for trade negotiations with a Karemma named Hanok. They are interrupted when a pair of Jem'Hadarships burst in and fire on the Karemma ship. The Jem'Hadar chase the ship into the atmosphere of a nearby planet, and the "Defiant" takes off in pursuit. The Jem'Hadar open fire on the "Defiant", crippling it in the turbulent fluorineatmosphere of the planet. Jadzia Daxheads below to try to patch up the engines well enough so the ship can escape the planet's atmosphere. She is successful but is nearly blown up when the hull is breached. Dr. Bashir closes down the breached area of the ship and pulls Dax out just in time. They remain trapped in a turbolift without communication with the bridge, where the rest of the crew presume them lost.
As the engines come back on line, the Jem'Hadar attack once more, rendering the "Defiant" helpless again. The ship is dark and smoldering, running on emergency power, and Captain Sisko has been gravely injured with a concussion. Major Kira tends him, trying to keep him conscious.
Meanwhile, Quark is trapped in the mess hall with Hanok the Karemma, where they find themselves staring at the nose end of a live Jem'Hadar torpedo which has lodged itself in the hull. Quark and Hanok, both ruthless businessmen, are wary of each other at first, but then realize they can combine their cleverness to come up with a plan to defuse the torpedo. Dax and Bashir huddle together for warmth, as they have only a thin bulkhead separating them from the frigid vacuum of space. Bashir laughs when he realizes that being trapped in a turbolift with Jadzia in his arms was once a fantasy of his. On the bridge, Kira cares for Sisko, telling him a Bajoran fairy tale to try to keep him awake.
Worfand Chief O'Brien work on putting the "Defiant"'s engines back together.
*Throughout the episode the crew measure pressure in GSC (grams per square centimetre), which is not a SI unit. The correct unit would have been pascals (newtons per square meter), of course, the show is set in the future and not all meanings have to be consistent. A gram per square centimeter is precisely one tenth of a Pascal.
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